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Can I use the German sixth chord to modulate to another key?

Can I use the German sixth chord to modulate up a half step? For example, the Ger6/5 chord in C major is: Ab-C-Eb-F#, which is enharmonically equivalent to G#-B#-D#-F#, i.e. the dominant chord of C# ...
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Explaining the harmony of Wagner's Wanderer motif

Recently I listened to the Wanderer leitmotif from Wagner's Ring cycle. I was both impressed and perplexed by the motif's harmony. The picture below tries to explain the possible modulations that this ...
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What is the proper use of the term “modulation”?

I've always been taught that a modulation is strictly a change to another key. But I've seen some people use the term to refer to when a song stops using the primary tonic in any form. I.E. You have a ...
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How do I identify the key of this modulation?

I have been doing practice exams and having trouble with modulation. This was the modulation question. Am I correct? If not, what did I do wrong and how should I do it? Thank you.
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What is a “key cell”?

I have recently heard of the concept of a "key cell" as a short modulation (number of bars) that contains a tonal model progression, which can be analyzed in the context of two closely related keys. ...
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What does Schoenberg mean by “intermediary region”?

I read this from Arnold Schoenberg's Preliminary Exersises in Counterpoint. The original part is: Later, intermediary regions are likewise introduced (Simple Counterpoint in Three Voices, Chapter VIII)...
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Can Camelot Wheel help in modulation?

I almost casually found out about the Camelot Wheel: It is about mixing, but can't the same rules be applied to find nearby keys to modulate to? Of course it would not tell all of the information, ...
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How to modulate from one mode to the next

Is there an established way to choose what mode/key to modulate to from the mode the composer is currently using? Modulating from C major to F major or G major, for instance, is "easy" because there ...
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What kind of modulation is B♭ to G?

What kind of modulation is V in E♭ harmonic minor to V in C harmonic minor? Are all V to V modulations acceptable regardless of the key? Or are not all keys possible to use for this progression? Also,...
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modulating from G major to G# major

I was asked to incorporate a modulation that goes one semitone up in a song initially written in G. So at some point it should go from G to G#. I am having a lot of trouble finding a relatively nice ...
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Do modulations from a major key to a mode count as 'key changes?'

I was listening to Green Light by Lorde, during which there is a modulation from A major to the mixolydian mode. DOes that count as a 'key change' per se?
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What is the role of modulations in popular music?

I know they keep the song interesting (like in I Will Always Love You), but what other purpose do modulations serve?
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Why does this use sometimes the E arpeggio and sometimes the Em arpeggio?

The song Tornado of Souls by Megadeth is in the key of Bm. The solo plays over a progression of power chords that goes B5 - G5 - E5 - F#5 - A5. Over the E5, the solo first plays an Em arpeggio but ...
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Audio Synthesis algorithms

I am little more than a starter in Sound synthesis using oscillators and others. I have reaktor 6 as a modular environment. I wanted to get nice algorightms from where i can get deeply started off. I ...
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Ways to modulate from Lydian to the relative Mixolydian

I'm trying to write a song, where I go from B minor for 4 bars to the relative G Lydian mode. Then there is a gap of 4 bars followed by a section in the relative A Mixolydian mode. It's worth ...
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Tips on Memorizing Chords that are in Different Scales

I'm looking for complete freedom when I'm playing. I hate constantly being stuck in one key. One of the best sounding ways I've found to modulate from key to key is by playing a predominant diatonic ...
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Modulation across the circle of fifths

After studying some of the theory surrounding performing smooth-sounding modulations between keys in an effort to make more interesting compositions, I have come to understand that the circle of ...
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Modulating from B major to A minor

I,m having some trouble figuring it out a nice way to change from B major to A minor. So far i've tried B -> E -> A -> Am, but it doesnt sound smooth, and I have no much knowledge about music theory ...
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Modulating from A-flat major to C major (Beethoven)

The second movement (Andante con moto) of Beethoven's Fifth Symphony begins serenely in A-flat major; then, almost without warning, it switches to a triumphant theme in C major. The modulation is ...
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Chord progressions fluctuations

I'm sill in the learning process for chords progressions, so I'm sorry in advance if my questions are simplistic for some advanced musicians. I've watched several harmonic analysis (Youtube, websites....
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How to map a modulation on a simple key-button in Ableton Live 9

I have modulation of a filter to cut the bass, so the bass is fading in 3 seconds. Can I map this modulation to a keyboard to run that modulation only when I press mapped key, or to turn modulation on/...
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Key Changes in Crudelis Herodes Deum by Zelenka

I need help with telling when the key modulates or changes in this piece. It was written by Jan Dismas Zelenka in 1732. Here is the original copy and here is the one I have edited. (I changed the ...
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How is a secondary dominant used for modulation?

In the Reddit FAQ question How are 7th Chords Used?, the following explanation appears: Dominant 7th chords are also useful in modulation as secondary dominants - the addition of the seventh will ...
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Common Tone Modulation (CTM)

I'm trying to learn more about Music Theory, and I'm currently looking into modulation, more specifically CTM (Common Tone Modulation). As far as I understand it, the concept is pretty straight ...
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“Punning chord”

I'd like to know if the following description is accurate: "A composer modulates from one key to another by the use of the “punning” chord, the augmented sixth (punning because it is also a dominant ...
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With modern electronic technology is temperament unnecessary?

I am a Physics student but also love math and music, and know a little bit about tuning because it is related to mathematics. So as far as I understand, Just Intonation is more consonant than ...
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Recognizing modulation style / pattern in Steely Dan's “West of Hollywood”

I'm a fan of Steely Dan's music, but I find analysis of their music to be difficult from a tone-, modal-, and chord-theory point of view. But perhaps the complex jazz-influenced M7/M9/M11 chords ...
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What intervals are common for sudden key changes?

By "sudden", I mean that there is no dedicated harmonic preparation leading into the new key. The commonly used ones I can think of are: Up a semitone (the classic signal that this is final repeat ...
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Battle for Britain, David Bowie

I'm trying to figure out what's going on in David Bowie's song, Battle for Britain. (The intro ends at 0:35 or so.) These are the chords, near as I can tell. One chord per measure. En B F# A A ...
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How do I know when a group of accidentals lead to a key change or not?

Especially for something like this http://imgur.com/ROj1kBN (which is originally in D Major), how do I know that it doesn't constitute a key change? A more general question would probably be how do I ...
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I've found the chords to Chicago by Meg & Dia but can't figure out the theory

Chicago is one of my favourite Meg & Dia songs (RIP 2012). I've tabbed out a few of their songs and figured out their keys and such, but this one seems to be more than your standard vi-IV-I-V ...
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Why would a piece start in G♭ Major then modulate to F♯?

I saw a question regarding F# vs. Gb in a given song. The song began in Gb Major then went to F# minor . . . and then it was question as to why the change. Why not just write the song in one Key? I ...
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Modulating from key Gm to key Bbm

I'm trying to modulate from the song 7 Years (Gm) to the song Hometown Glory (Bbm). How do I write a something that joins the two?
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Harmonic analysis of “Walk this Way” by Aerosmith

I'm trying to do harmonic analysis of "Walk this Way" by Aerosmith. Verses and choruses uses I to IV progression, but I wonder about the riff in the bridge. It seem to be played in the E key. Joe ...
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How to name the key of a song that modulates?

I'm in the process of learning about keys. I'm looking at the song Cherub Rock by the Smashing Pumpkins. The tabs I see online say that the song is in the key of E major. The main riff of the verse ...
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Help with tonicization, modulation and modal interchange

I'm currently writing a short piece of music for a university assessment, and there are a number of conditions in place as far as what it must contain. About half of them I'm confident I can implement,...
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When did the half-step/whole-step modulation in the middle of a song become popular?

Many pop songs in modern times will use a half step or a whole step modulation in the middle of a song in order to increase excitement. I would like to know when this strategy started, and if it is ...
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Modulation via a major chord, then another major chord a half step down

In Nick Cave's "Darker With The Day", there's a modulation at the end of the chorus which sounds very good (to me), but I don't understand why it works. The verse is more or less in G major: GM ...
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Modulating from E Minor to C Minor

I'm struggling to get from E Minor to a Bbsus chord. Once I get there, my modulation to C minor is good but I'm struggling to find something that moves me smoothly to the Bbsus. Any thoughts?
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Why does a major minor modulation with the same root work (e.g. C to Cm) [duplicate]

There are very few chord changes I cannot rationalize and fit into some mode of a major scale. One of these is a major minor change with the same root (e.g. C to Cm). The C chord has c, e, and g ...
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Is there a key-less synth/midi controller to control and modulate my Yamaha keyboard?

Newbie here. I already own a Yamaha keyboard, which is pretty much like a piano but with all the options for DJ and change of tone etc. I want to be able to modulate pitch and such with modulation ...
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Are there any popular pieces which periodically modulate down?

Many pop tunes will modulate up a semitone near the end of the piece in order to gain energy or excitement. This is known as a Truck Driver's Gear Change, and some tunes will even do it multiple times ...
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Understanding music with multiple key changes within chord progressions

So this has been bothering me for some time now; I've been making beats for maybe 7-8 years now but my earlier work is heavily-sampled. I just started actually picking up piano, but on my own, ...
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Does anyone have any tips on how to do pseudo modulation?

Does anyone have any tips on how to do pseudo modulation (fake modulation)? https://vimeo.com/1934047 Those two videos and the song "moon river" is the most i seen ...
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modulating by a tritone

I have heard that modulating by diminished fifth/tritone is the hardest of all modulations. Interestingly my non-musician husband has just composed a tune with a smooth tritone modulation (ie. from C ...
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What are some effective ways to use a key change during a song?

In my own songwriting, I might change keys to reinforce a change in the direction of the lyrics. For example if the first two verses are first person but the last verse is 3rd person, I might ...
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Modulation in the violin solo Bach's Laudamus Te

I'm trying to decide the key changes in the Laudamus Te of the Mass in B minor (J.-S. Bach). I think the key in the 8th measure is B minor (the Laudamus Te is in A Major), but I'm not sure what ...
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Key Changing in a Song?

How do I change keys? "All by my self" - It was in the key in F major and transitioned to C# minor in the middle of the solo. I noticed that "All by my Self" and "Never Going to Fall in Love Again" ...
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How many types of modulation are there?

I know a few types of modulation off the top of my head like common chord modulation and and chromatic modulation, but I was wondering how many different types of modulation are there and what are ...
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Explanation of Phrasing, Accidentals, articulation, modulation for a piano player

A year ago I have started practicing piano. I attend a music school and the pieces now are becoming quite advanced. There are four terms I don't fully understand which are mentioned a lot when I read ...